Presenting The Edison Singers in a tapestry of Christmas Carols
‘Even though I have been in the choral music business for over forty-five years, I still look forward to the month of December with all the concerts and wonderful music that’s written for the season of Christmas. Although the carols come in a tapestry of forms and emotions from down the ages, the underpinning elements of the season remain constant – nostalgia, memories of childhood and past gatherings with family and friends, recollections of good (and sometimes sad) times, but above all a deep sense of goodwill towards all.’
Matthew Larkin, Organ The Edison Singers Noel Edison
The Christmas carol has its origins in the Middle Ages but it has since embraced a wide variety of musical backgrounds. In this album, religious sentiment is set in many different contexts – from the mystery plays to an African American spiritual, from its origins in Gregorian Chant and 16th-century secular dance to traditional examples rooted in poetry. Some of the most famous and beautiful examples are heard alongside energising contemporary carols to present a tapestry of the genre across the centuries.
Listen to Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (arr. Stuart Nicholson)
About the Artists
Noel Edison is recognised as one of the leading choral conductors in Canada. Currently artistic director and conductor of The Edison Singers, he is widely recognised for his skilful interpretive work, both choral and orchestral. He is the recipient of numerous distinguished awards including the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour, and the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. His discography comprises 26 recordings on the Naxos label.
The Edison Singers was founded in 2019 by Dr Noel Edison and has quickly become known for its rich, warm sound, versatility, dexterity and clarity of texture. Recognised as one of the finest chamber choirs in Canada, it makes significant contribution to the musical life of local communities. The Edison Singers is committed to presenting Canadian repertoire and collaborating with other artists from both across Canada and around the world.
‘Noel Edison and his singers have made perhaps their finest recording to date, a reference for choirs who follow and for listeners who want an important and enduring addition to their choral music library.’ – ClassicsToday.com